Drivers can’t get enough of boxy SUVs these days. That’s why the Jeep Wrangler has been popular for years, and the 2021 Ford Bronco made a return. China may have wanted to latch on to the success of vehicles like the Ford Bronco and Mercedes-Benz G-Class with the Haval Tank 300.
The Haval Tank 300 copied the 2021 Ford Bronco and more
They say imitation is the best form of flattery. So, do the 2021 Ford Bronco, and Mercedes-Benz G-Glass feel special? Because China’s Haval Tank 300 SUV borrowed a lot from both of these boxy vehicles.
According to Fox News, the Great Wall Motors’ Haval Tank took features from some of the world’s most popular SUVs. The front has a wide grill with bisected headlights, like the Bronco. It also has a similar body shape and design. Plus, there is a big spare tire on the back of the tailgate.
The interior layout seems to match what you’ll find inside of the Mercedes-Benz G-Glass too. The infotainment screen, position of the circular controls and vents, and the placement of the center console and buttons almost seem identical.
You can’t remove the roof of the Haval Tank like you can with Jeep Wranglers and Broncos. But the Haval Tank 300 is under consideration for export to Australia, and Ford doesn’t currently have any plans to sell the Bronco there.
But wait, there’s a Big Dog too?
There is also a new Haval Big Dog, which looks reminiscent of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport or Jeep Renegade. The smaller option has large circular headlines and a boxy design with a less aggressive attitude than the larger Haval tank.
Similar to how the Renegade and Bronco Sport are lighter versions of the Wrangler and Bronco, the Big Dog is paired with the larger Haval Tank. the Big dog is expected to start at around $35,000, while the Haval Tank begins at about $45,000.
Instead of having a unibody design, these vehicles have a body-on-frame design. Also, the interior of the Big Dog seems to match the Bronco Sports and Jeep Renegades. There is even a bar going across the front of the glove box on the passenger side.
Can the Haval Tank rival the Bronco?
The 2021 Ford Bronco is built for off-roading adventures while still providing comfort on the road. The Haval Tank 300 is built on a ladder-frame chassis and features a two-speed transfer case, solid rear axle, and a front independent suspension with Eaton locking differentials.
Ford went with an independent front suspension for the Bronco to improve its ride quality. Jeep uses a solid axle, and both are good for off-roading. However, an independent suspension can provide more stability and prevent death wobbles.
With the Haval Tank, you get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 223 hp. This engine is similar to the 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four engine found in the Bronco with 270 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque. You can also upgrade to the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with the Bronco for 310 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque.
The Ford Bronco can tow up to 3,500 lbs when properly equipped and carry a payload of up to 1,370 lbs. The Haval is expected to tow over 6,600 lbs and claims to have the ability to crawl up a 70 percent grade.
The Haval Tank 300 and Big Dog probably won’t go on sale in the United States, but Australia certainly wants them!